NTU Design Industries features the works of Nottingham Trent University Product Design students, alumni and academics alike. All exhibitors have made substantial contributions to the design industry. It is their belief that the design process is applicable to any product and as such, this exhibition includes everything from lighting to bicycle storage.
The central focus of the designers is to correlate several variables, namely; empathising with a spectrum spanning from art to science, so that the students produce artefacts which are creative and underpinned by technical proficiency, moving away from the T-shaped philosophy and toward the ideal of a 360 o creative practitioner, and ensuring that all work encompasses wide aspects of design.
Nottingham Trent University was founded in 1843, originally as the Nottingham Government School of Design before becoming a polytechnic in 1970. It was granted University status in 1992 and now has ten academic schools, over 200 courses and a student body of over 26,000, situated on three campuses in and around Nottingham, UK. NTU Design Industries is a creative community of students, alumni and academics from Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) Product Design department. Founded in 1948, NTU Product Design has a rich design pedigree, boasting alumni including Gordon Long, Alexander Taylor and Hannah Myers.
A plethora of international awards and accolades have been given to NTU community members. Reader, Sarah Kettley was selected as Editor of The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design (2015) and Alumni Fellow Alexander Taylor’s Fold light was inducted into New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) permanent collection in 2005.